The Government is taking steps to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain, and if your business supplies, or wishes to supply government you're going to have to meet the new Cyber Essentials accreditation if you want to even be considered.
Cyber Essentials is for all businesses, of all sizes, and in all sectors.
From the 1st of October 2014 Central Government is making it mandatory for all contracts which feature characteristics involving handling of personal information and provision of certain ICT products and services, I'm sure it won't be long before Local Government request the same of its suppliers.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “It’s vital that we take steps to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in our supply chain. Cyber Essentials provides a cost-effective foundation of basic measures that can defend against the increasing threat of cyber-attack.
“Businesses can demonstrate that they take this issue seriously and that they have met government requirements to respond to the threat.”
But I Don’t Supply Government!
Even if you don't supply government, having the accreditation will demonstrate clearly to your clients or prospects that you are serious about your IT security, at a time when data breaches seem to be in the news on an almost daily basis and they are forced to consider reducing that risk in their supply chains.
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a well thought through the scheme with the close involvement of the IT Industry and at its entry level ensures your businesses is using best security practices, for those that wish to take it a step further, the is the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.
Southern IT Networks can guide you through certification requirements and are happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your IT security requirements.